• Jaquira Diaz

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    Name: Jaquira Diaz
    Date: November 17, 2019
    Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM CST
    Event Description:
    Arcadia Books welcomes
    to the
    Slowpoke Lounge & Cabaret

    137 W. Jefferson Street, Spring Green, WI

    Author Talk and Book Signing
    One of the Must-Read Books of 2019 According to:
    O: The Oprah Magazine * Time * Bustle * Electric Literature * Publishers Weekly * The Millions
    The Week * Good Housekeeping

    “There is more life packed on each page of Ordinary Girls than some lives hold in a lifetime.” —Julia Alvarez 

    In this searing memoir, Jaquira Díaz writes fiercely and eloquently of her challenging girlhood and triumphant coming of age. While growing up in housing projects in Puerto Rico and Miami Beach, Díaz found herself caught between extremes. As her family split apart and her mother battled schizophrenia, she was supported by the love of her friends. As she longed for a family and home, her life was upended by violence. As she celebrated her Puerto Rican culture, she couldn’t find support for her burgeoning sexual identity. From her own struggles with depression and sexual assault to Puerto Rico’s history of colonialism, every page of Ordinary Girls vibrates with music and lyricism. Díaz writes with raw and refreshing honesty, triumphantly mapping a way out of despair toward love and hope, to become her version of the girl she always wanted to be.

    Reminiscent of Tara Westover’s Educated, Kiese Laymon’s Heavy, Mary Karr’s The Liars’ Club, and Terese Marie Mailhot’s Heart Berries, Jaquira Díaz’s memoir provides a vivid portrait of a life lived in (and beyond) the borders of Puerto Rico and its complicated history—and reads as electrically as a novel.

    Jaquira Díaz was born in Puerto Rico. Her work has been published in Rolling Stone, the GuardianLongreads, the Fader, and T: The New York Times Style Magazine, and included in The Best American Essays 2016. She is the recipient of two Pushcart Prizes, an Elizabeth George Foundation grant, and fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Kenyon Review, and the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. She lives in Miami Beach with her partner, the writer Lars Horn.

    Read the review from the New York Times Book Review
    Listen to the interview on NPR's Morning Edition HERE.
    Slowpoke Lounge & Cabaret
    137 W. Jefferson Street
    Spring Green, Wisconsin  53588
    Date/Time Information:
    Sunday, November 17 at 3:00 p.m.
    Contact Information:
    Katie McGrath, Events Manager, Arcadia Books
    This is a free non-ticketed event with limited seating. Please R.S.V.P by email to info@readinutopia.com or by calling Arcadia Books at 608-588-7638.
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